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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938379/dark-endothelial-spots-after-descemet-membrane-endothelial-keratoplasty-may-appear-as-recurrent-fuchs-dystrophy-or-herald-graft-failure-or-rejection
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Vasiliki Zygoura, Lamis Baydoun, Claire Monnereau, Maria Satué, Silke Oellerich, Gerrit R J Melles
PURPOSE: To evaluate the clinical significance of dark spots in the donor endothelial cell layer as observed with specular microscopy, in patients who underwent Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK) for Fuchs endothelial dystrophy (FED). METHODS: Specular microscopy images of 83 consecutive eyes up to 7 years after DMEK were retrospectively reviewed in a masked fashion for the presence of dark spots and morphologic changes in the endothelial cell layer and processed for endothelial cell density (ECD) measurements...
September 21, 2017: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938311/feasibility-of-monotherapy-by-rituximab-without-additional-desensitization-in-abo-incompatible-living-donor-liver-transplantation
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Hidekazu Yamamoto, Koshi Uchida, Seiichi Kawabata, Kaori Isono, Kohei Miura, Shintaro Hayashida, Yuki Oya, Yasuhiko Sugawara, Yukihiro Inomata
BACKGROUND: Rituximab is a cornerstone in the regimens of desensitization for ABO-incompatible living donor liver transplantation (ABO-i LT) that makes this modality an acceptable option for liver transplantation. Plasmapheresis (PP) to reduce anti-ABO antibody titer and local infusion therapy (LI) were practiced as the strategies for desensitization before the application of rituximab and were reported as additional treatments. The aim of this study was to clarify the feasibility of monotherapy by rituximab without any additional desensitization treatments in ABO-i LT...
September 20, 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938206/the-moderating-effect-of-the-need-to-belong-and-classroom-composition-on-belongingness-seeking-of-minority-adolescents
#3
Fu Wen Kuo, Shu Ching Yang
This study aimed to elucidate whether the interaction of classroom composition and the need to belong influences belongingness seeking and, if so, to investigate how upward comparison mediates the effects. The analyses were conducted with a cross-sectional sample of 383 Taiwanese aboriginal adolescents (39.7% male) recruited from schools with mixed-sex/ethnicity (n = 113), single-sex (n = 122), and minority-only (n = 148) classrooms. After controlling for socioeconomic status, the moderation analyses indicated that participants with a chronic need to belong in classes with diversity (mixed sex/ethnicity) perceived higher social acceptance, while those with a chronic need to belong in homogeneous classes (single-sex and minority-only) reported greater feelings of rejection...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Adolescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937266/statistical-analysis-of-adcs-and-clinical-biomarkers-in-detecting-acute-renal-transplant-rejection
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Elizabeth Hollis, Mohamed Shehata, Mohamed Abou El-Ghar, Mohammed Ghazal, Tarek Eldiasty, Michael Merchant, Andrew E Switala, Ayman El-Baz
OBJECTIVE: To determine which parameters are correlated with transplanted kidney status in patients who have undergone kidney transplantation and can be used for early assessment of acute renal rejection. METHODS: The study included 16 patients with stable renal allografts (Group 1) and 37 patients with rejected allografts (Group 2), determined by renal biopsy post transplantation. All patients' kidneys were evaluated using diffusion-weighted MRI (DW-MRI), in which both clincal and MRI-derived biomarkers were integrated...
September 13, 2017: British Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937081/direct-acting-antiviral-drugs-against-hepatitis-c-virus-in-renal-transplant-recipients-is-it-the-dawn-of-an-interferon-free-era
#5
Dharshan Rangaswamy, Shankar P Nagaraju, Ravindra P Attur
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a significant problem among hemodialysis population, especially in India where renal transplant often gets delayed in the presence of live-related donors. An acceleration of liver cirrhosis and poor renal allograft outcomes are often witnessed in allograft recipients with high viral load. Use of interferon in the postrenal transplant setting for the treatment of hepatitis C viral infection was limited to a few grave situations, fearing the precipitation of allograft rejection and poor efficacy for sustained virological remission...
September 2017: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937072/epidemiology-of-end-stage-renal-disease-in-dubai-single-center-data
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Fakhriya Alalawi, Maseer Ahmed, Hind AlNour, Malaz Noralla, Amna Alhadari
Hemodialysis (HD) was first established in Dubai in the year 1980 and was in its full capacity by the year 1983. Since then, the HD population has been growing rapidly. This report represents the demographic data and clinical characteristics of our HD patients during the period between January 2012 and October 2016. Diabetic nephropathy (57%) and hypertension (12.4%) are emerging as the most common causes of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) in our data, followed by undetermined causes in those who presented as ESRD (10...
September 2017: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937062/cryotherapy-intervention-in-relieving-arteriovenous-fistula-cannulation-related-pain-among-hemodialysis-patients-at-the-king-khalid-hospital-tabuk-kingdom-of-saudi-arabia
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Hamad S Al Amer, Wireen Leila Dator, Hamzeh Y Abunab, Mohammad Mari
Pain during arteriovenous fistula (AVF) cannulation remains a common problem in hemodialysis (HD) patients that leads to noncompliance to lifetime maintenance HD. This study was performed to determine the effect of cryotherapy on reducing pain during AVF cannulation among HD patients in the King Khalid Hospital, Tabuk, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This is an experimental study which included 62 patients undergoing HD through an AVF. Randomization was used to assign the patients into the experimental (received cryotherapy) and control (no cryotherapy) groups...
September 2017: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937060/repercussions-of-eosinophils-in-a-renal-allograft-predictor-of-early-graft-loss
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Aruna V Vanikar, Kamal V Kanodia, Rashmi D Patel, Kamlesh S Suthar, Lovelesh A Nigam, Umang G Thakkar, Himanshu V Patel, Vivek B Kute, Hargovind L Trivedi
We present 5-year experience of renal transplantation (RT) with tissue eosinophilia (TE) in renal allograft biopsy (RAB) and its repercussions on the outcome. In total, 1217 recipients underwent RT from 2011 to 2015, and they were evaluated for the presence of ≥4% TE. Group 1 consisted of RT with RAB showing TE, Group 2 consisted of RT with RAB with rejections without TE, and Group 3 consisted of RT without rejections. Group 1 had 27 recipients, Group 2 had 395, and Group 3 had 795 recipients. The outcome in terms of graft function, patient and graft survival were evaluated and compared between three groups...
September 2017: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936871/effect-of-drying-moisture-exposed-almonds-on-the-development-of-the-quality-defect-concealed-damage
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Cristian Eduardo Rogel-Castillo, Kathleen K Luo, Guangwei Huang, Alyson Elayne Mitchell
Concealed damage (CD), is a term used by the nut industry to describe a brown discoloration of kernel nutmeat that becomes visible after moderate heat treatments (e.g. roasting). CD can result in consumer rejection and product loss. Postharvest exposure of almonds to moisture (e.g. rain) is a key factor in the development of CD as it promotes hydrolysis of proteins, carbohydrates and lipids. The effect of drying moisture-exposed almonds between 45°C - 95°C, prior to roasting was evaluated as a method for controlling CD in roasted almonds...
September 22, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936803/independent-contributions-of-early-positive-parenting-and-mother-son-coercion-on-emerging-social-development
#10
Berna Akcinar, Daniel S Shaw
In the current study, we explored associations between parent-child coercion and positive parenting in the toddler period in relation to children's social-behavioral development during the school-age period. The data were drawn from the Pitt Mother & Child Project, a sample of 310 low-income, ethnically diverse boys. Drawing on tenets of both attachment and social learning theory, it was hypothesized that coercive mother-son interaction would lead to reductions in positive maternal parenting in the toddler period, and that both positive parenting and mother-son coercion in the toddler period would contribute to children's conduct problems at school entry and lower social skills and peer rejection in middle childhood...
September 21, 2017: Child Psychiatry and Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936741/exosomes-derived-from-embryonic-stem-cells-as-potential-treatment-for-cardiovascular-diseases
#11
Yao-Hua Song, Lianbo Shao, Yu Zhang, Jin Zhou, Bin Liu, Xiangbin Pan, Yong-Jian Geng, Xi-Yong Yu, Yangxin Li
Cardiovascular diseases resulting from ischemic heart diseases remain to be the main causes of heart failure and death despite significant advances in medical treatment. The development of new therapies for heart failure is thus required to improve the outcome in these patients, and this has led to the development of cell-based therapies. Animal studies showed interesting results using various cell types. Some stem cell based therapies have been tested in clinical trials. Although the results were encouraging, challenges remain...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936560/multicenter-phase-ii-study-of-trastuzumab-plus-s-1-alone-in-elderly-patients-with-her2-positive-advanced-gastric-cancer-jaccro-gc-06
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Yutaka Kimura, Masashi Fujii, Toshiki Masuishi, Kazuhiro Nishikawa, Chikara Kunisaki, Satoshi Matsusaka, Yoshihiko Segawa, Masato Nakamura, Kinro Sasaki, Narutoshi Nagao, Yukimasa Hatachi, Yasuhiko Yuasa, Shinya Asami, Masahiro Takeuchi, Hiroshi Furukawa, Toshifusa Nakajima
BACKGROUND: S-1 plus cisplatin is a standard regimen for advanced gastric cancer (AGC) in Asia. The ToGA trial established a fluoropyrimidine plus cisplatin and trastuzumab as a standard treatment for human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-positive AGC. In the HERBIS-1 trial, trastuzumab combined with S-1 plus cisplatin showed promising antitumor activity in patients with HER2-positive AGC. However, cisplatin has several important drawbacks, including vomiting and renal toxicity...
September 21, 2017: Gastric Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936052/outcome-of-descemet-stripping-automated-endothelial-keratoplasty-in-failed-penetrating-keratoplasty
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Abdulrahman S Khairallah
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to report the outcomes of descemet stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK) surgeries in eyes with failed penetrating keratoplasty (PKP). METHODS: This was a retrospective, noncomparative, descriptive case series. Patients who underwent DSAEK following PKP from January 2007 to December 2012 were reviewed. Data were collected on best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) before and 1 week, 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, 1 year, and 2 years following DSAEK...
April 2017: Middle East African Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936029/silicon-nanoporous-membranes-as-a-rigorous-platform-for-validation-of-biomolecular-transport-models
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Benjamin J Feinberg, Jeff C Hsiao, Jaehyun Park, Andrew L Zydney, William H Fissell, Shuvo Roy
Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), a technology that resulted from significant innovation in semiconductor fabrication, have recently been applied to the development of silicon nanopore membranes (SNM). In contrast to membranes fabricated from polymeric materials, SNM exhibit slit-shaped pores, monodisperse pore size, constant surface porosity, zero pore overlap, and sub-micron thickness. This development in membrane fabrication is applied herein for the validation of the XDLVO (extended Derjaguin, Landau, Verwey, and Overbeek) theory of membrane transport within the context of hemofiltration...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Membrane Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934378/investigating-difficult-nodes-in-the-placental-mammal-tree-with-expanded-taxon-sampling-and-thousands-of-ultraconserved-elements
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Jacob A Esselstyn, Carl H Oliveros, Mark T Swanson, Brant C Faircloth
The phylogeny of eutherian mammals contains some of the most recalcitrant nodes in the tetrapod tree of life. We combined comprehensive taxon and character sampling to explore three of the most debated interordinal relationships among placental mammals. We performed in silico extraction of ultraconserved element loci from 72 published genomes and invitro enrichment and sequencing of ultraconserved elements from 28 additional mammals, resulting in alignments of 3,787 loci. We analyzed these data using concatenated and multispecies coalescent phylogenetic approaches, topological tests, and exploration of support among individual loci to identify the root of Eutheria and the sister groups of tree shrews (Scandentia) and horses (Perissodactyla)...
September 1, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934301/microwave-bio-sensor-based-on-symmetrical-split-ring-resonator-with-spurline-filters-for-therapeutic-goods-detection
#16
Rammah A Alahnomi, Z Zakaria, E Ruslan, S R Ab Rashid, Amyrul Azuan Mohd Bahar, Azizah Shaaban
A novel symmetrical split ring resonator (SSRR) based microwave sensor with spurline filters for detecting and characterizing the properties of solid materials has been developed. Due to the weak perturbation in the interaction of material under test (MUT) and planar microwave sensor, spurline filters were embedded to the SSRR microwave sensor which effectively enhanced Q-factor with suppressing the undesired harmonic frequency. The spurline filter structures force the presented sensor to resonate at a fundamental frequency of 2...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933876/infant-iron-deficiency-child-affect-and-maternal-unresponsiveness-testing-the-long-term-effects-of-functional-isolation
#17
Patricia East, Betsy Lozoff, Estela Blanco, Erin Delker, Jorge Delva, Pamela Encina, Sheila Gahagan
Children who are iron deficient (ID) or iron-deficient anemic (IDA) have been shown to seek and receive less stimulation from their caregivers, contributing to functional isolation. Over time, the reduced interactions between child and caregiver are thought to interfere with the acquisition of normative social competencies and adversely affect the child's development. The current study examined functional isolation in children who were ID or IDA in infancy in relation to social difficulties in middle childhood and problem behaviors in adolescence...
September 21, 2017: Developmental Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933775/choosing-entrustable-professional-activities-for-neonatology-a-delphi-study
#18
T A Parker, G Guiton, M D Jones
OBJECTIVE: To assess candidate neonatology EPAs taken from separate but overlapping sets from two organizations. STUDY DESIGN: Using a Delphi process, we asked that neonatology fellowship directors (1) assess importance and scope of 19 candidate EPAs, and (2) propose additional EPAs if necessary. In round 2, we sought clarification of first round responses and evaluated proposed additional EPAs. RESULTS: Twenty program directors participated...
September 21, 2017: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933341/c4d-expressing-glomerulopathy-and-proteinuria-post-transplantation-of-a-%C3%A2-too-big-for-size-mismatched-kidney-allograft-an-unusual-case-with-good-outcome%C3%A2
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Francois Gougeon, Alexei V Mikhailov, Keisha Gibson, Tomasz Kozlowski, Harsharan K Singh, Volker Nickeleit
A 5-year-old severely growth-retarded child with tubulointerstitial, oliguric end-stage renal disease received an adult-size kidney transplant. Three years post grafting under standard triple immunosuppression (mycophenolate mofetil, tacrolimus, and prednisone) de novo nephrotic range proteinuria without the nephrotic syndrome developed. Graft function was normal (serum creatinine: 0.2 - 0.3 mg/dL), there were no donor-specific HLA antibodies (DSA), and the urine sediment was inactive. Two biopsies collected 3 and 4 years post-transplantation showed severe glomerular capillary wall remodeling and associated pseudolinear C4d staining as morphologic correlates for the proteinuria...
September 21, 2017: Clinical Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933181/-heart-transplantation-and-infection
#20
Eva Ozábalová, Jan Krejčí, Petr Hude, Julius Godava, Tomáš Honek, Lenka Špinarová, Petr Pavlík, Helena Bedáňová, Petr Němec
Heart transplantation (HTx) is a method of treatment for patients with end-stage heart failure with severe symptoms despite complex therapy. Post-transplant difficulties include acute rejection and infectious complications, which are the most common reason of morbidity and mortality in the first year after heart transplant. It requires the patient to remain on immunosuppressive medication to avoid the possibility of graft rejection. Therefore the range of infection is much larger. The diagnosis and treatment of viral, bacterial and fungal infections is often difficult...
2017: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
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